Jameis Winston has been under more scrutiny than any other player in this year’s draft class, but believe it or not, he might not be the most troublesome prospect on the board.
No, that honor likely goes to Dorial Green-Beckham, which is unfortunate. At 6-5, 237 pounds, Green-Beckham has the size, speed and physicality to be an impact player at the next level.
“He certainly does,” CBSSports.com senior NFL draft analyst Rob Rang said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “You go back to his tape when he was at Missouri. To me, he looks like a combination of A.J. Green and Odell Beckham Jr. He has the size – the height, at least – of an A.J. Green and the grace of an A.J. Green, but he has the ability to just kind of pluck the football out of the air so easily the way that Odell Beckham Jr. did this past season for the New York Giants. I fully appreciate (Green-Beckham). We’re talking about two of the elite wide receivers in all of the NFL, but that’s exactly what Dorial Green-Beckham looks like. He was the highest-rated prospect when he was coming out of high school a couple of years ago. Obviously there are off-field issues, and every team is going to have to take that into account. But my sources tell me the Oklahoma coaching staff has been very supportive of Dorial Green-Beckham publicly and privately. I still think he’s going to wind up going late first round or certainly in the early portion of the second round – and he will wind up being an NFL star.”
Green-Beckham has been arrested multiple times for drug-related offenses and has been accused of pushing an 18-year-old woman down a flight of steps, among other transgressions. He was also dismissed from Missouri’s football program.
Given all that, how concerned should NFL franchises be about the 22-year-old?
“I think they should be concerned,” Rang said. “It’s just because of the fact that you have a track record of ill behavior, and that’s the thing. That’s really what it comes down to in this draft class. Everybody’s going to talk about all the different dynamic talent. This is really the boom-or bust draft – as much as any draft that we’ve seen in years. Think about it. At the quarterback position, you have Jameis Winston. (At) wide receiver, (you have) Dorial Green-Beckham. The top running back, Todd Gurley, of course, was suspended obviously for something not quite as serious, but suspended nonetheless. Arguably the top pass rusher, Randy Gregory, had his issues. Shane Ray has his issues. The top cornerback, Marcus Peters, (has had issues).
“There are more players in this draft class that come with off-field issues that have legitimate first-round talent than any draft class that I’ve been covering – and I’ve been doing this since 2001,” Rang continued. “So this is truly a boom-or-bust draft class, and Dorial Green-Beckham might be the president of the fan club. Because you do see the talent and he does come with such off-field issues – not the last of which, of course, was the allegation that he pushed a woman down a flight of stairs. That is the most serious of the concerns out there, just because the domestic violence issue the NFL has been forced to deal with recently. (But) not so much all the different marijuana issues. Obviously the NFL has been willing to overlook those types of situations in the past.”